The Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Oriole Park throughout the 2021 season to support the Cardboard to Leather program. This equipment will be distributed to communities in the greatest need. Since the program's inception, more than 80 tons of equipment have been donated. 2021 collection dates: June 5 and July 11.
The Baltimore Orioles Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program is a Baltimore City youth baseball and softball league designed to promote interest in the game, increase the self-esteem of children, and encourage them to stay in school and stay off the streets. To elevate this mission, through the Pepsi Stronger Together partnership, the Orioles will introduce the Baltimore Orioles Junior RBI program to Baltimore City youth ages 4-12 years old.
Over the course of a three-year plan, the Orioles will grow the game of baseball through the Orioles Junior RBI program. In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orioles will encourage at-home play by providing equipment (plastic bat and ball set, batting tees), and offering at-home drill instruction, virtual clinics, and other opportunities. In 2022, the Orioles aim to return Junior RBI to the baseball diamond by extending the program to two Baltimore City youth leagues, impacting nearly 300 city children. In 2023, the Orioles plan to expand the Junior RBI program to other Baltimore City youth leagues to impact nearly 600 city children.